Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The 'Why' behind the Cartoons

Flemming Rose, the editor at Jyllands-Posten tells why he published the Mohammed cartoons which is printed in the Washington Post Sunday Edition. You may already have read it but, if not, do it now. One quote to peak your interest.

Has Jyllands-Posten insulted and disrespected Islam? It certainly didn't intend to. But what does respect mean? When I visit a mosque, I show my respect by taking off my shoes. I follow the customs, just as I do in a church, synagogue or other holy place. But if a believer demands that I, as a nonbeliever, observe his taboos in the public domain, he is not asking for my respect, but for my submission. And that is incompatible with a secular democracy.

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